2220 & 2222 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles CA 90067
Century Towers is a 27-story luxury high rise in Century City. It has two towers: 2220 & 2222 that combine for a total of 320 condos. Built in 1964 by developer and Century City founding father William Zeckendorf at a cost of $13M- Century Towers was Century City’s first residential building.
The towers were designed by internationally renowned architect I.M. Pei, although Pei wasn’t famous yet at that time.
Century City Development meeting, L-R: I.M. Pei, Minoru Yamasaki, Pierto Belluschi, Frederick J, Welton Beckett
I.M. Zeckendorf and Pei went way back. Zeckendorf hired Pei fresh out of Harvard and gave him his first architect job. Pei and Zeckendorf then became friends and had a prosperous relationship for two decades building public housing projects all over the country. The two were quite the odd couple- Zeckendorf was a larger than life character, loud and gruff, while Pei was short, soft-spoken, and an architect who could have just as easily been artist instead. Pei was the perfect ying to Zeckdorf’s yang.
I.M. Pei is a modern architect and was profoundly influenced by Le Corbusier in his youth (who he met briefly during college), Bauhaus, as well as free thinker Frank Lloyd Wright. I.M. Pei designed Century Towers in the midcentury modern style. Pei is most well-known for his glass pyramid addition to the Louvre. You can see some of Pei’s other works right here in Los Angeles with the US Bank Tower Downtown, and the Former CAA Headquarters in Beverly Hills, now occupied by Sony.
1966 Advertisement for Century Towers Apartments.
Century Towers were originally built as apartments. Advertisements at the time said that the towers offered the “utmost in Luxury”, and were “Beautiful to look at, beautiful to live in!”.
Welton Beckett showing his Masterplan to Fox Studio Execs Edmond Herrscher and Lew Schrieber (1958)
Welton Beckett’s masterplan for Century City envisioned a space-age metropolis with a full time population of 12,000 residents. The ambitious plan called for a 18 modern high-rise towers to be spread out on the southern residential portion of the site. Becket is pointing to one of those planned residential towers above. Century Towers was suppose to be the first of many residential highrise towers in Century City. The next Highrise that was built was Century Park East (CPE) which was finished two years later in 1966. Condos in Century Park East are smaller in size than Century Towers, have no in unit laundry, but are more affordable. Beckett passed away in 1967, before he could see the final build out of Century City. After Beckett’s passing, the path of development for Century City changed directions and no more of the residential towers were ever built.
In 1972, Century Towers was converted into condominiums by S Jon Kreedman & Company, a prolific real estate syndicator and financier, who would later go on to develop Le Parc. At about the same time, Century Park East was undergoing a condo conversion by Urbanetics Financial Corp. There was a condo conversion craze in the 70’s. It wouldn’t be until 2009 that another highrise condo was built in Century City, the newest addition to the residential skyline- The Century.
Century Towers is located at the intersection of Avenue of the Stars and Pico Blvd. Le Parc condominiums were built around it. To the south is the great public park the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center and Rancho Park Golf Course. 20th Century Fox still occupies lot across the street. Walkability is low, so most of errands will need to be delivered or driven. There is a Ralphs and CVS at the corner of Pico and Beverwil for everyday needs as well as the Gelson’s in century city mall. Westfield Century City has a great AMC movie theater as well as shopping galore. Century City is squeezed inbetween Beverly Hills and Westwood, so residents of Century Towers have all the amenities that these cities have to offer close at hand.
Century Tower’s floorplans are all single story. There are 27 floors, prices rise on higher floors as views improve. Floorplans range in bedroom count from 1 Bedrooms to 3 Bedrooms and vary in size from 850 sqft to 2,200 sqft. The larger condos are about 300-500 sqft larger than nearby Century Park East.
Every condo has at least one balcony, some condos on the corners have two balconies. Many owners over time have enclosed their balconies to add additional interior space. Century Tower floorplans have an open concept with combined living room (~400 sqft) and dining room (~150 sqft) areas so you get a big open room effect. This effect is really awesome in conjunction with City and Ocean views that condos on the higher levels possesses. On clear days you can see Catalina or Mount Baldy. You can see everything from floor to ceiling glass windows. Dining rooms comfortably seat six dinners. Bedrooms in the two and three bedroom floorplans are side by side. There is a master suite that has its own private master bathroom and closet. The original floorplans have small master closets. Many owners have modified their condos layout to create a larger 8×6 master walkin in closet. They do this by taking space from the 2nd bedroom nextstore.
Original Kitchens in Century Tower where galley style, which some owners have kept. The advantage of the wall between the kitchen and the living room is that you don’t see cluttered counters or the dirty dishes. A lot of owners who have modern tastes just do away with the wall between the kitchen and living room and add a big island. The wall is not structural so it can easily be removed. This makes the living room area feel even bigger, and add an informal eating area with some bar stools around the island counter. Kitchen appliances are all electric- electric stoves and ovens. Laundry is in unit. Central Heat and air.
Turnover: 4% or about one a month
Record Sale: $4,000,000 2/4/2016 (Penthouse)
Olympic Size Heated Swimming Pool (Pool hours 7am to 10 pm)
(2) Elevated and Lighted Tennis Courts
Guard House & 24 hour Valet Parking
Parking & Laundry
Each condo gets 2 parking spaces in an underground parking garage. Parking is Assigned by management and not deeded. Valet is available. Guest Parking?
In Unit Laundry. Space for a stackable machine in the kitchen or in a hallways closet by entry door.
Finding a “Good” High school for your teenager in Los Angeles is a challenge. The challenge is that there are very few good public high schools and private schools are expensive. If money is not an issue, then there are plenty of great private & religious high schools in Los Angeles to choose from. The average tuition cost for a private school is $40,000 a year. Religious Schools are more reasonably priced at $20,000 a year, and provide valuable extra choices for parents that have multiple children, or who also have college tuition to consider.
Public schools are Free. Locating your family in a neighborhood with a great public school district can mean significant savings.
If you viewed the list you will notice, most of the top Public High Schools are located in multi-million-dollar neighborhoods: Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades, Palos Verdes, La Canada, and Pasadena. Keep in mind that if you cannot afford to buy in these neighborhoods, you may also rent.
There is a common story. Many of the neighborhood highschools in great LA neighborhoods, that you would expect to be great also, are not. A few examples that come to mind are: Hamilton High School (Beverlywood), Hollywood High (Hollywood), Fairfax High(West Hollywood), Los Angeles High School (Miracle Mile), Venice High School (Venice), University High (West LA), and John Marshall High School (Silverlake). None made my top 20 public school rankings. I am not saying all public high schools in Los Angeles are bad. Or that these high schools are bad. Los Angeles has some of the Top 100 high schools in the country. Every school will have great students, great teachers, great parents. When a school has large numbers of students not graduating (I consider anything below 90% drop out rate bad), or large numbers of students not meeting state standards (only about 30% of California students meet state standards in math, 50% in English and science), and the socioeconomic disadvantage level is more than 25%- these schools need to improve if it is possible.
Tanya Anton of the gomamaguide.com recommends that you always visit your local school in your neighborhood first and judge for yourself. Don’t listen to what other people say, go and see for yourself. See if you feel comfortable.
Here are some resources to do some research online
-California Dept of Education: School Accountability Report Card (SARC)
Factors that contribute to Great High School education:
Teachers: Teachers are the front line. They interact directly with students. Inspire, educate, inquire. Schools are made up of teachers. Good teachers bring out the students true potential. If I were evaluating any school, I would pay the most attention to its teachers.
High Expectations: A school that challenges its students creates it’s own recipe for success. I like to see at least 20 Applied Placement (AP) classes. AP classes are nice because you can earn college credits while in highschool! Homework expectations of students- 1 hour/ night minimum for the average school, and an average 2-3 hours each night from the best schools.
Parents: Parent involvement is closely linked to students success in school. Parents set the stage by providing a stable home environment, where the student gets regular sleep, good nutrition, and is reasonable free from stress. It’s corney but bears mentioning. Hunger is a barrier to education. You can’t focus or listen when you are hungry and you put your head down.
Diversity: I feel like the world we live in is becoming ever more adaptable, and more global. Change is happening faster, and the walls are coming down. Exposing children to diversity allows them to socialize. Private schools sometimes struggle to have diversity. Public schools are typically more diverse.
Discipline: Technology has brought the most distracting thing into the classroom- The cell phone. Schools need to keep student behavior in line as more and more things compete for our attention.
Extra curricular activities- I believe that extracurricular activities are a key component of a well balanced education. For physical sports, they encourage life long fitness and the enjoyment of exercise, and for team sports (also academic), working well in groups. Students should have reasons to enjoy school. Just one afterschool activity can be the difference. High schoolers get into the most trouble in the time between when they get out of school (3pm) and when their parents get home (5 or 6pm). After school Activities give children something constructive to do during this time. Unfortunately, when the legislature is cutting budgets, these are the first programs to go.
Public Schools Vs Private Schools
Some parents wonder which kind of high school is right for their young adults: public high school or private high school?
There are some key difference between private High schools and public high schools. Public High Schools are usually much larger than private schools. Big LA Public High schools have 2,000 – 3,000 students. Private School enrollment is usually between 500 – 1,000. That means graduating class size on a private school is about 100-200. For public schools its 400-500. The student teacher ratio is 30 to 1 in public schools and 20 to 1 in private schools. Some private schools are co-ed and others are Boys or Girls only. Some private schools have a traditional education approach while others are progressive. In a private school, you might see a celebrity dropping off their kid in the school’s parking lot- won’t ever seen that in a public school- except maybe Malibu High. Private schools can be a lot more “cliché” because they have smaller class sizes and student bodies. If you are an outsider coming from a public school into the private school system, it might take a year or so to adjust. People who haven’t been in the private school system since kindergarten, will not have any longterm relationships with other students in the class. After one year, the student will have made their group of friends and fit in. Private schools have less diversity than public schools because they cater to upper class and upper middle class, whereas public schools must educate students of all means- including students that are handicap or disabled. Some private schools offer scholarships to help diversify their school. Private school teachers usually have high degrees of education- masters and phd’s.
My personal experience was that I have been to both public and private schools. I have a learning disability called dyslexia and I went to
Located in one of the most expensive residential estate districts in Los Angeles, Palisades Charter Highschool has a very active parent community. Per pupil spending is one of the highest in the city. Has active extra curricular and AP classes. 95% Graduation rate with a very diverse student body. A large school with enrollment at 2,970.
99% graduation rate, only 2% of students socioeconomically disadvantage, very diverse student body, scores the highest on standard tests. Per Pupil spending is $10,179. 16 AP classes offered. Total enrolment is 2,075
Beverly Hills Highschool, might as well be a private school for the ambiance. 97% graduation rate, very affluent student body and parents are very generous in giving to the school. I feel like for the resources this school has it is surprising the test scores are not higher- I would think this has something to do with indifference.
Santa Monica Highschool is greatly improved lately. I expect this school to start climbing higher in the ranks in coming years. 95% graduation rate, socially disadvantaged 30%. Total enrollment 2,950. Expenditure $5,764 per pupil.
10100-10128 Empyrean Way
Los Angeles CA 90067
Le Parc is a walled and guard gated luxury condo community in Century City. It’s the most prized low-rise development in Century City.
The architecture of Le Parc is French Regency style inspired by the rolling fields and farms of the French countryside. Steeply pitched mansard roofs, quoins, and balustrades lend Le Parc that European ‘je ne sais quoi’.
The name “Le Parc” is French and translates in English to “the Park” which is very fitting because Le Parc has the best grounds in all of Century City (sorry the Century!). The 10 acre grounds are absolutely beautiful! There are waterfalls, fountains, streams and ponds, that intertwine and wind with walkways and meander through gardens of vibrant blooming flowers. Full time maintenance crew keep Le Parc looking resplendent. It is one of the best run buildings on the Westside.
Built in 1979, by developer S Jon Kreedman, who converted Century Towers to condos earlier in 1973, the original development cost was $50M. There are 176 condos in Le Parc that are grouped in 15 different Chateaux buildings.
Century Hill, next store, was developed at the same time. These two complexes share some similarities. Both are Low Rise developments in Century City with similar size condos. Century Hill is a larger complex with 100 more condos than Le Parc. Century Hill has a mix of Floorplans both Single Story and Townhouse, whereas Le Parc’s floorplans are all single story. Le Parc condos are priced at a 20%-30% premium over Century Hill condos. Nearby Park Place offers the lowest entry level prices.
Fun fact: Le Parc is located on Empyrean Way. Empyrean means “highest heaven”, but before you go thinking Le Parc is getting big headed, remember that Century City street names (Galaxy, Ave of Stars, Constellation, and Empyrean) refer to stars in the sky; not stars on the ground.
Le Parc is close to the Bel Air Hotel (love their bar and lounge), UCLA’s Royce Hall, the Wilshire Corridor- including places of worship, and the bon vivant’s dream shopping and dining destination Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Le Parc is close to all the best the Westside has to offer, but far enough away that you don’t feel like you are living in the middle of it. Safety in Century City is a 10 out of 10. These condos make a great second home for owners who are bi-coastal or travel a lot.
Le Parc has 15 separate buildings numbered from 1-15. Each building is 3 stories with the penthouse level on the 3rd floor. There are 12 condos in each building and 4 on each floor. The penthouses have the highest ceilings available at 14 feet.
10100 Empyrean Way
10102 empyrean way
10104 Empyrean Way
10106 Empyrean Way
10108 Empyrean Way
10110 Empyrean Way
Chateau Rive Gauche
10112 empyrean way
Chateau St. Laurent
10114 empyrean way
10116 Empyrean Way
10118 Empyrean Way
10120 empyrean way
10122 empyrean way
Chateau St Tropez
10124 Empyrean Way
10126 Empyrean Way
10128 Empyrean Way
Chateau St. Raphael
Turnover Ratio? 4.5% or about 8 condos a year
Record Sale: $3,500,000 7/22/2016
Floorplans in Le Parc are all single story and range in size from 2 bedrooms to 3 bedrooms. The condos are quite spacious starting at 1,750 sqft and going all the up to 3,300 sqft.
All floorplans have a formal entry through a paneled front door and an adjacent powder room. You can have a lot of fun decorating the powderoom- I personally like moire silk wallpaper, and chinoise or kohler artist edition sinks but possibilities are endless! The foyer opens up to an oversized Living Rooms with a regency marble fireplace and airy 10’ ceilings. There are plenty of wall space for displaying art. Every condo has two balconies, with one leading out from the living room- some owners install French windows which look great. Owners who are decorating that stick with the period theme put in ornate crown moldings and hang chandeliers and drapes. Owners with more contemporary tastes, install recessed lighting in the ceilings, do away with any crown moldings, and add plantation shutter window coverings.
The Original kitchens in Le Parc had a French country style with drop ceiling and boxy raised panel wood cabinets of medium stain. The countertops and floor were square handmade ceramic tile. Some owners when remodeling their kitchens recreate the Oven hood feature that gives these kitchens a country look. I have seen other owners do them modern with quartz counters and contemporary cabinets/pulls. The cooktops were originally electric, but you can change them to gas if that is your preference. I really love the breakfast nook that all kitchens have- it’s a great informal space to read the newspaper and enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning. The formal dining room area comfortable seats 8.
Special attention was given to the bedroom placement in the layout. The bedrooms have a good amount of separating so they are private from one another. The master suites do no disappoint, with his and her bathrooms and massive walk in closets.
Bedroom suites work great for an in-home office, many owners who use them as an office build out panels and shelving.
2 Swimming Pools & Spas
2 Lighted championship Tennis courts
Meeting Room/Party Room
Parking & Laundry
Laundry is inside, in a laundry room just off the kitchen, There are cabinets above the laundry machines which provide additional storage for detergent, fabric softeners, linens and things. Laundry is side by side.
2 deeded spaces for 2brs, 3 deeded parking spaces for 3brs. There is plenty of guest parking with 6 guest parking spaces per building. Parking is underground in a subterranean garage. The developers designed for the autos to be parked underground to preserve the pedestrian nature of the development
Home Owners Association
Le Parc’s Home owner’s association likes to keep a low profile. They do not have a website.
Century Hill 2150-2471 Century Hill
Los Angeles CA 90067
Century Hill is a 280 condo, guard gated, low rise condominium complex in Century City.
Built in 1980 by Raymond A Watt Development, who also built Watt Plaza, Park Place, and Century Woods, Century Hill’s original construction cost was $90M. Architect Richard Stoddard designed Century Hill in a transitional European/Modern style. The Angular Metal roofs are a modified mansard shape, accented with semi circular chimney caps.
This property has an abundance of trees, hedges, gardens (including a beautiful rose garden) and grounds. It is spread over about 20 acres, of which 60% is reserved as open space. Century Hills has the best walking paths in all of Century City! Century Hills is a step up in Size, Price, and Quality from Park Place– You can get a 3BR for the same price in Park Place that you can get a 2BR in Century Hill. The entry price in Century Hill is $900,000 whereas Park Place is $750,000. Century hill sells at slightly less $/sqft than nearby neighbor Le Parc, which was built at around the same time (1979) but by a different developer.
Century Hill has no busy streets nearby- Pico to the South and Olympic to the North do not affect it’s location. So you will not see a big differences in prices on different sides of the development. Century City is primarily an employment center- so the office skyscrapers attract most of the daily traffic. Westwood (including Westwood Village) and Beverly Hills are five minutes away and offer more entertainment options. Century City does have it’s highlights, such as the Westfield Mall and the Annenberg Space for Photography.
There are two nearby Grocery Shopping options: Ralphs on 10309 Olypmic Blvd or Gelson’s in Westfield mall.
Century Hill floorplans range from 2 – 4 Bedrooms. 2 Bedrooms are the most common floorplan (202 condos) and there are (38) 3 Bedrooms and (40) 4 bedroom penthouses that have elevators and are 3 floors.
Floorplans are a mix between single story and townhouse style with stairs. The condos have high ceilings, that range from 12 feet to as high as 20 feet for the penthouses. The original finishes in the condos were pretty “retro”. Kitchens had varnished wood cabinets, ceramic tile countertops, tile flooring, and drop ceilings. Many owners have remodeled once, twice, or even three times since then. The bathrooms had brass fixtures, corian vanities, carpet, and bulb lights all over the place around the mirrors. Hopeful the condo you look at will be updated since then! There are some original features that I really like- the front Doors I think are just awesome- they would probably cost $7,500 if you wanted to buy one new today. I also really like the old parquet wood floors in the living room- if you are looking at a condo, hopefully you are lucky and they are still there.
All these condos are incredibly spacious- starting at 2,000 sqft, these are luxury condos. The floorplans include a formal entry, step down oversized living room with a marble woodburning fireplace, and eat in areas in the kitchen and a pantry. Every condo has a generous size balcony- the Penthouses have rooftop balconies. Every condo has laundry inside. Masterbedroom suites have his and her walk in closets, double vanity, and seperate tub and shower. The Masterbedrooms are so large, they have a sitting area also- so fitting a king is no problem. For the Penthouse condos they have private garages for their cars with direct access, and a bonus room that many owners convert into a game room or home movie theater.
24/Hr Guard Gated
5 Pools with spa, Heated year round
2 Lighted Tennis Courts
Golf Driving Range
Club House (11,000 sqft, max capacity 250 people)
Storage Unit (4’x8′)
Parking and Laundry
Every condo has 2- 3 parking spaces. The Front Entrance on Galaxy way is for residents and guests. There is another service entrance off Empyrean for Deliveries, Workman, and Moving Vans. The Subterranean garage was the largest ever built in Southern California at the time. It is 500,000 sqft and fits 980 cars! 60,000 tons of concrete- the equivalent of six miles of two lane highway, were poured to form this garage. There are over 100 guest parking spaces.
Laundry is in a laundry room inside the condo. Space for side by side washer and dryer, with linen cabinets and a utility sink.
2102 – 2142 Century Park Lane
Los Angeles CA 90067
Park Place is a prestigious and upscale gated community in Century City. There are 416 condos in 6 different buildings. Each building is a 4-story mid-rise centered around two courtyard atrium. The property has almost 14 acres of grounds, and the onsite maintenance staff keep Park Place impeccable.
Built between 1985-1989 by developer Watt Luxury Housing, who also developed nearby Park Hill and Century Woods, Park Place original construction cost was $150M. Nadel/Shapiro architects designed Park Place in a contemporary Mediterranean style.
Century City’s office Skyscrapers are always looming in the background. Many of the buildings, roads, sidewalks, bridges, in Century City are beyond the human scale which inspires feelings of awe and importance. Century City is quite at night, which attracts a lot of retirees, second home owners, and professionals, that’s the way they like things. Nearby Westwood and Beverly Hills offer plenty of exciting entertainment options so you don’t have to travel far for a big night out. Nights out in Century City are usually low key.
Century City is a Golfer’s paradise. Both the Los Angeles Country Club and the Rancho Park Golf Course are less than 5 minutes away. Park Place residents have no problem staying active with resort like onsite amenities for tennis, swimming, and fitness center.
The Ralphs at 10309 Olypmic Blvd or Gelson’s in Westfield mall are your best bet for groceries.
All the condos are either 2 Bedroom (320) or 3 bedroom (96) and all are single level floorplans.
There are 6 buildings. Each building is numbered in the order that it was built. Buildings #4/#5/#6 have slightly larger square footage because the atriums are smaller and they have different “classic edition” floorplans. Each building has two Atriums that are open area courtyards that let in light and have tropical landscaping features such as palm trees and fountains.
The 4th floor or each building is the penthouse level. The floorplans are the same except penthouses have extra high ceilings. All condos in Park Place have 9 foot high ceilings, however the penthouse level ceilings are 22 feet!
North facing Condos in Building #4 get street noise from Olympic. Otherwise condos are very quiet.
Kitchens are galley style or square with large pantry cabinet. The original kitchens came with whirlpool appliances and ceramic tile counter tops. Many owners have completely remodeled the kitchens. Condos have no gas, so the stove is electric.
All floorplans have an open living room/dining room area. There are two wood burning fireplaces in each condo, one in the living room and the other in the master bedroom. Masterbedroom suites have their own private bathroom with large roman soaking tub and double vanity. Master bedrooms also have large walk in closets. The builder used a lot of marble, brass, and mirror accents that were popular in the 1980’s.
The HOA is very strict about installing wood floors. They are not allowed on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor. Only condos on the 1st floor are allowed to install them. Many home owners install very expensive berber carpets in the living room/dining room and bedrooms. This is another reason this building is really quite!
Every condo has a balcony, but they can vary greatly in size.
24/hr Gate Guard
3 Pools w/ spa (1 Lap Pool) Hours 7:30 am to 10:00 pm
4 Lighted Tennis Courts
6 Gyms (one in each building)
Lobby (one in each building- all furnished differently)
Parking & Laundry
Side by side Laundry is inside every condo in a laundry closet in the hallway.
Deeded Parking, each condo (both 2br and 3br) have two parking spots in gated parking garage. Parking spaces can be tandem or side by side. Each building has 18 guest parking spaces. Columns that are painted blue indicate guest parking spaces. The guest parking spaces never fill up.
Many of the Victorian Homes in Angelino Heights were built without garages because at this time horse drawn carriage was main form of transportation
Angelino Heights is one of Los Angeles’ oldest neighborhoods. Developed by Everett Hall and William Stilson during the Land rush of the 1880’s, they named the streets – Carroll, Marion, Allison, Helen, Wallace, and Everett— fater their family members. Iona was the home town in the midwest of the Hall family. The neighborhood has been on the way up in recent years.
Only $500 for a lot in 1902!
Most of the development in Angelino Heights happened between 1900-1910. These homes were large two story properties built for the upper middle class. With the passing of time, some of these 19th century properties have fallen into great disrepair. If you are a homebuyer looking for an opportunity to buy a big historic house to fix up, this is a great place to find one.
Angelino Heights Fixers
Every Lot in Angelino Heights is zone R2, which is a multifamily apartment zone. The Neighborhood fell on hard times at least twice in its 100-year history. During those times, large houses were converted into boarding houses, and many historic properties were torn down to building apartment buildings. Of the 760 Properties in the neighborhood, about 60% are apartments, and 40% are homes. There are virtually no condos. With high rents and lower prices, this is an attractive area for cash flow investment or for live in one and rent the other(s) landlords.
The community is a hillside community, so building and parking can be difficult. Homes on the top of the hill have sweeping city views.
Angelino Heights is probably best known for its Victorian era homes that lay on charm with a trowel. Take a stroll down Carroll Avenue and enjoy these magnificent and rare gems.
Angelino Heights was the first neighborhood to be designated as an HPOZ in 1983. In addition to Victorians, the area has some great Craftsman houses that were popular in 1910-1920.
This LA neighborhood is a colorful and eclectic mix of historic homes, income property, and people.
Angelino Heights is a neighborhood within the city of Echo Park. It’s boundaries are Echo Park Avenue on the west, that runs along the wonderful Echo Lake. Sunset Boulevard to the North, and the 101 Freeway.
The main activity areas for Angelino Heights are Sunset Blvd and Echo Lake Park. Sunset Blvd has a host of café’s, record and book stores, bar 1, bar 2, bar 3, restaurants (including vegan options), art galleries, and music venues- I personally love the echoplex. There is even a bike shop! Once a year the neighborhood has a weekend festival called echo park rising that is quite well attended.
In addition, Downtown Los Angeles is only 15 minutes.
The Vons at 1342 N Alvarado St will probably be your regular spot for groceries. I love this place!
VICTORIAN- Angelino Heights is one of Los Angeles’ last remaining bastions of Victorian architecture. It’s hard to believe that at the turn of the century Victorian architecture was one of the city’s most popular styles. You kind find the Victorian homes in the oldest part of the neighborhood on Carroll Ave, Kellam Ave and Calumet Ave. The owners on Carroll paid to bury electric powerlines and install vintage streetlamps.
CRAFTSMAN- In the teens of the 20th century Craftsman architecture was really starting to take off. Many Craftsman homes were built in Angelino Heights during this period. Some were even built as residential income properties.
Income Property- Unfortunately, with a few exceptions (like the beautiful 7u streamline modern @ 1000 W Edgeware), the income property in Angelino Heights only a mother could love. You will never turn vinegar into jam. As a landlord, have a beautiful building is nice, but the most important thing is the rent. This area is a extremely strong and robust rental market.
8400 De Longpre Ave
West Hollywood CA 90069
White House is a well-located and well-maintained 4 story, 50 condo complex in West Hollywood. Built in 1973, it was converted to condominiums in 1979. The building underwent a recent exterior painting, the common area walkways were resurfaced, the lobby was remodeled, and a totally kick @$* rooftop deck was added.
Buyers will like the big bedroom size and walk in closet. These condos are affordable and have low monthly hoa dues.
De Longpre has a walkscore of 85. There is a gently sloping hillside, so walking up to Sunset or down to Santa Monica can give your Hammy’s a workout but there are so many great restaurants, cafe’s, bars, close by, you don’t need to go far to get where you want. West Hollywood Equinox is also close.
GI am still lamenting the closing of the house of Blues across the street from Skybar- it was one of my favorite Los Angeles music venues. There are still a lot of comedy (Comedy Store and Laugh Factory) and music (Viper, whiskey a go go, Roxy) on the sunset strip. Along with the annual sunset strip music festival, which I love love love.
The architecture is contemporary stucco style building that was commonly built in Hollywood and West Hollywood in the 70s. There are open air hallways with some landscaping. Each condo has a nice size 75sqft balcony. Condos facing the South Side have nice views. The stove in the kitchen is electric. Heating and cooling isn’t the greatest- no central heat and air. The original condos have a wall AC in the dining room, but some owners have replaced them with newer split systems. The Heat comes from a Wall furnace. Laundry is community, each floor has a laundry room.
Bedrooms are a really nice size, and can comfortable fit a king size bed. The closet int he bedrooms is also good. All of the floorplans are single story. The building is a mix between 1 BR and 2 BR condos.
Marina Strand Colony II
3876 – 3502 Via Dolce
Marina Del Rey CA 90292
Marina Strand Colony II is a 68 unit midrise condo development in the silver strand neighborhood of Marina Del Rey. Built in 1978 as a follow up by California Pacific Construction Co. to Marina Strand Colony I, this development was targeted for families as opposed to singles.
All of the floorplans in MSCII are town house style with 3 levels and a parking garage. The Buiding is clad in wood shingles that have been painted pastel colors. It feels very beachy and reminds me of the Hamptons!
Everything on the silver strand is 5 minute walk to the beach. Commercial at the dead end of Washington Blvd and venice fishing pier provides a fishing village type atmosphere. There are plenty of site seers trying to get a taste of what Marina Strand Colony owners get to live every day.
I like cheesecake, so I can appreciate nearby Cheese Cake Factory on Via Marina.
The Marina Beach is a little more private then the public beach if you have very little children than are just gaining their sea legs.
And of course if you like to sale, there is the Marina.
One of my favorite spots for shopping is nearby Abbott Kinney.
The condos are all 3 story town houses- sorry no roof top decks. Each condo has a private two car attached garage which is pretty groovey. You don’t get that with condos normally. The Living Room and kitchen is on the ground level and has huge vaulted ceilings.
Condos are all spacious with square footage ranging from 1,500-1,600 sqft. There are a few 3 bedroom condos, but most are two bedrooms.
Prices for these condos is $1,000,000 to $1,200,000 in todays market.
Record Sale: $1,262,5000 11/12/2015
Turnover Ratio? 6% about 4 condos a year
-Year round heated outdoor pool and spa
-Meeting Room (could use an update!)
Parking and Laundry
private 2-car garage. Guest Parking?
Laundry is inside the unit in the parking garage.
Home Owners Association
HOA website http://msc2hoa.com/
HOA dues Monthly Cost? $450/mo.
HOA dues cover?
any special assessments?
Pet Policy? No more than two (2) pets (excluding fish) may be kept per unit
Marina Strand Colony
4350 – 3950 Via Dolce
Marina Del Rey CA 90292
Marina Stand Colony I is a nautical theme 145-condo mid-rise in the silver strand neighborhood of Marina del Rey. Built in 1974 by California Pacific Construction Co., the original cost of development was $13M.
When the building was finished, condos were selling really fast- the whole project sold out in a little over a year. One of the ads for the Marina Strand Colony at the time warned buyers “don’t miss the boat” because their crew was setting “sales”.
Marina Strand Colony 1 is perfect to enjoy the sea-salt-and-surf lifestyle!
5 minutes to Marina Del Rey beach by foot. This beach is low key. If you want more hustle and bustle hop on your bike and ride 10 Minutes north to Venice Beach. The Silver Strand is pedestrian friendly. You will see lots of people out walking and riding their bikes.
There is a dozen beach bohemian restaurants, cafes, and bars at the dead end of Washington Blvd before it turns into the Venice Fishing Pier with no shortage of seafood! I like that a Starbucks is right there. Here are a few places to check out:
The closest grocery stores are Ralphs & Bristol Farms at PCH and Marina Point Dr. Like to sail? There are six different yacht clubs in the marina you can join. Even if you don’t boat yourself, you can still enjoy the boat parade in December.
Going along with theNautical theme, there are huge timbers in the halls that remind me of a mast. Shiplap siding also adds to the effect. The developer planted Tropical landscaping, so there are palm trees everywhere which are no 50 years old and about 30-40 feet tall. Long, dark halls, have been eliminated. Instead, short, covered bridgeways connect homes. It reminds me of walking down a wharf in a seaside village.
Marina Strand Colony I condos are all 2 bedrooms except for (5) 3br condos. There are 3 floors on top of a ground level parking garage. Floor plans are a mix of Single Level and Townhouses. Any Condos with 500s unit numbers are two story. All condos with 300 numbers are two level penthouses and have huge 20 foot high cathedral ceilings and a loft bedroom and outdoor balcony. Square footage ranges from 1,400 sqft to 2,200 sqft- so these condos are quite spacious.
Living rooms have gas fireplaces. Central Heat and Air Almost every floor-plan has a powder bathroom. Every floor plan has an awesome master bedroom suite with dual closets and attached master bath. The HOA did a $20M renovation on the building in 2008, that completely redid the exterior siding, and new windows among other things- so even though the year built is 1974 it was remodeled in last 10 years. The elevators could use an upgrade- they are really slow.
The 500s condos and penthouses have two balconies, unless they are enclosed, which some owners chose to do. All other condos have 1 balcony. It’s great for enjoying the cool ocean breeze.
Prices range from $750,000 to $1,200,000 depending on floor and condition inside the condo.
-(2) Heated Pools w/ Spa(hours:7:00 AM to 10:00 PM)
-Security Guard Patrol (A Security Guard patrols the property from 9:30pm-5:30am every day of the week)
Parking & Laundry
2 side by side parking spaces for each condo in gated garage. There are plenty of guest parking spaces.
Hardwood Floors? The HOA is picky about hardwood floors, I guess there has been some problems with them in the past. They are allowed, however if you are on the 2nd or 3rd floor you need to get the permission of the owner below, and the HOA will to make sure you put down enough sound insulation